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Up Helly Aa opening at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

The Visitor Centre at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse will open during the Up Helly Aa celebrations on 27th and 28th January from 10am to 4pm each day, to enable visitors to see the exhibitions and enjoy a series of special events in the education room.

The Gift Shop will also be open for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks and snacks.

Admission prices to the Visitor Centre displays on marine and wildlife, the Engine Room, Smiddy and Radar Hut have been kept at 2014 rates. The Season Ticket allows for free access for the rest of the 2015 season, from April to September.

Morgan Downie Poetry Readings

Tuesday 27th January - 2.00pm

Morgan Downie, the Sumburgh Head artist in residence for January, will read from his earlier collection, stone and sea, published by Calder Wood Press, on this, his first visit to Shetland from his native Orkney.

Wednesday 28th January - 1.00pm

morgan will read entirely from his new works, which he will create during his stay at Sumburgh Head in January. this will be followed by a question and answer session.

Both events are free to attend, with no booking required. 

Location: Education Centre

Brian Johnson - Lighthouse Experiences

Brian Johnson is an ex lighthouse technician and current Retained Lighthouse Keeper for the Northern Lighthouse Board. Brian will show his own photographs from the history of Sumburgh Head, and talk about his experiences in a question and answer session on the lighthouse service.

Brian has been responsible for the restoration of the Diesel Kelvin engines that power the foghorn, which has not been sounded for 27 years. He has recently carried out pressure tests in anticipation for the foghorn’s re-activation in 2015.

His original images of lighthouse history will be seen at their best on the new wide screen and projection facility in the Education Room.

 

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